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Heir of Hope up for the RONE Award

Heir of Hope Rone Award

Hello friends!Β A month ago I found out that Heir of Hope is a semi-finalist for the Rone Award with InD’Tale Magazine. The award has moved onto the reader’s choice portion, in other words, readers get to vote! In order to vote, you will need to subscribe to InD’Tale (which is pretty easy), then vote.

If I can share my heart, yes, this a great award, but even more, this gives me an opportunity to place my book in front of readers who would not otherwise see my books.

So if you believe Heir of Hope is an “excellent book”, please consider voting for it during the reader’s choice phase of the Rone Award. Here is a link to the contest and there you can subscribe in order to vote:Β www.indtale.com/2016-rone-awards-week-six

Thank you!

 

Interview with Relz Reviewz and a Mention in USAToday

So a lot happened this week in my little writing world. First, I was asked a couple weeks ago if I would do an interview with Relz Reviewz. Of course I said yes πŸ™‚ That interview went live this week, so head on over to their site to check out my latest interview (which includes little tidbits like if I could go back in time, where would I go?):Β  relzreviewz.com/morgan-l-busse-discover-more/

Secondly, Heir of Hope was mentioned over at USAToday’s Happy Ever after as one of “must-read romantic fantasies.” Wow! And to be listed with authors like Jessica Evanders and Mary Weber made it even sweeter! To check out the post, click here: www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter

When you’re a writer, you have your good weeks and your not-so-good weeks (those that require lots of chocolate to get through). This was a great week! I thank God for these bits of encouragement to keep on going πŸ™‚

The Story Behind Heir of Hope

This week I am a guest over at Behind the Scenes. I share the real story behind Heir of Hope: the darkness I went through and how I channeled that into the final book in the Follower of the Word series. It is my hope that others find encouragement, and that in the darkest times of life there is light.

Here is the link to the article: www.castlegatepress.com

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Heir of Hope Book Tour

Heir of Hope Book tourGuess what today is? Yep! The official release of Heir of Hope. A couple websites have joined up with mine to celebrate the launch of the last and final book in the Follower of the Word series and many of them are giving away books!

Excited? So am I! So without further ado, here are the websites and what they are featuring, along with a link. Enjoy your tour πŸ™‚

First up is Emily Anne Kopf with an interview yours truly. Find out how I started my writing journey and who has been my inspiration: http://zerinablossom.blogspot.com

Next we have Worthy2Read up with her review of Heir of Hope: https://worthy2read.wordpress.com/

Fellow fantasy author Angie Brashear is doing a giveaway on her website. Just answer her question in the comment section of her post (who is your favorite Follower of the Word character?) for a chance to win an EBOOK COPY of Heir of Hope! http://angiebrashear.com

Laura Pol over at Crafty Booksheeps does a character spotlight on Caleb Tala, the former assassin from the Follower of the Word series. Find out what his most treasured possession is and enter her giveaway for a SIGNED COPY of Heir of Hope! http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com

Janeen Ippolito is doing a 3-day tour of the locations found in the Follower of the Word series. Leave a comment on each post for another chance to win a SIGNED COPY of Heir of Hope!Β  http://janeenippolito.com

Ralene Burke has a tongue-in-cheek interview with Caleb Tala (he keeps coming up, doesn’t he?) over on her website. Check it out! http://www.raleneburke.com

And lastly, if you have never read the Follower of the Word series, Jason Joyner shares his review of Heir of Hope and if you leave a comment, you can be entered to win a COPY of Daughter of Light, the first book in this series. http://www.jasoncjoyner.com

To wrap up the celebrations, there will be a Facebook party tonight (5pm pacific). There will be laughs, conversation, and book giveaways. You don’t want to miss out on this! To sign up for the event, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events

Trivia Facts about the Follower of the Word series

As the release date for Heir of Hope approaches, the final book in the Follower of the Word series, I thought it might be fun to share some of the more interesting facts behind the characters, the setting, and the plot. Enjoy!

*I started writing this series almost exactly eleven years ago. Wow!

*Daughter of Light was originally supposed to be a stand-alone novel. About halfway through the first draft, I realize there was a lot more to the story.

*I completely rewrote Daughter of Light four times (and that doesn’t include the two rewrites during the official editing process).

*Many of the places in the Follower of the Word series are based on real places I have visited including the Oregon Coast, the Rocky Mountains, and the Mojave Desert.

*When I could, I would explore a place to write a scene accurately. For example, for the scene outside Avonai in Daughter of Light at night I went for a walk on the beach in order to see what it would look like, sound like, smell like, feel like, especially to see how well a person could see during a full moon on the beach. Verdict? You can actually see pretty well πŸ™‚

*Nierne, one of the main characters, originally came from a group of islands to the west. Somewhere I found the name Nierne and it meant “western islands”. Since then, I have never been able to find her name again online and she ended up in the Thyrian Monastery instead.

*Knowing the ending to my books is very important to me before I start writing. However, when I discovered Daughter of Light would be more than one book, I had no idea how I would end the series. Two years later, at a Women of Faith conference, I was sitting in an arena filled with thousands of women and I suddenly saw the ending. I grabbed a napkin (the only thing I could find) and started jotting down the ending that would eventually become Heir of Hope.

*When Daughter of Light was originally published, there was no series name. When Son of Truth came out, we decided we needed a name for this series. I had earmarked Follower of the Word for the title for the last book, but we decided it made a good series title instead. So that left me to figure out a name for the last book. I realized the main theme for the last book was hope, and Rowen carries the hope of both her people and mankind, and thus Heir of Hope was born.

*The cover for Heir of Hope is based on a scene from the story.

It’s been quite a journey and hard to believe it is almost finished (at least for me). I hope to someday revisit this world, perhaps in the form of a novella that might extend Caleb’s story, or another series that takes a look at the Nordic Wars, an world-altering event that precedes the Follower of the Word series.

Heir of Hope releases April 21st. In conjunction with the release, I will be throwing a Facebook party that night that will include giving away a couple signed copies of Heir of Hope and a complete, signed set of the Follower of the Word series in their new covers. Of course, you are all invited πŸ™‚ Just click here to let me know you are coming!

Heir of Hope Nightmares

Signed Copies Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway

Hi Everyone! In celebration of the soon-to-be released Heir of Hope and the new covers, I am holding a giveaway for one signed paperback copy of Daughter of Light and Son of Truth in their new covers!

To enter, head on over to goodreads.com and enter the giveaway. I have provided a link for each book:

Daughter of Light

Son of Truth

Enjoy!

Heir of Hope Cover Reveal

As you may have noticed, things have changed around my website. I am excited to reveal not only the new cover for Heir of Hope, but for all three books in the Follower of the Word series.

Why the new covers? My publisher decided to update Daughter of Light and Son of Truth so they matched Heir of Hope. Now the titles of each book are easier to see in thumbnail form and are definitely eye-catching. So without further ado, here they are:

Daughter of Light coverSon of Truth coverHeir of Hope coverPre-order is now available for the paperback version of Heir of Hope. If you are interested, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Heir-Hope-Follower-Morgan-Busse

There was a glitch on the ebook pre-order, but as soon as it is available, I will let you all know. Thank you, everyone, for your patience as you waited for the last book in the Follower of the Word series. This book is definitely worth the wait!

My Writing: 2015

2015Every year I like to look back and see what happened, and look forward to what the new year will hold. So here’s a look at 2014 and a sneak peak at my plans for 2015.

2014 brought a lot changes, starting off with the sale of Marcher Lord Press. My publisher underwent a change in ownership and name. It’s different now, but not bad. I am looking forward to working more with Enclave Publishing in 2015.

A year ago I was finishing the last book in the Follower of the Word series. Heir of Hope took me almost a year to write, but it was a year well spent. I can’t wait to share with you the conclusion to Rowen, Lore, Caleb, and Nierne’s journey. Right now the projected release date is March 23rd.

On that note, I hope to reveal the new covers that were commissioned for the Follower of the Word series sometime this month. They are amazing, if I do say so myself ;). So be watching for a cover reveal!

I am now working on a new series. It is a Victorian steampunk (which is a definite change from fantasy). Steampunk is a genre that can be set in either a Victorian or western time period and usually involves steam-powered machinery rather than advance technology.

I’m about a third of the way through the rough draft of the first book, Tainted. I forgot how hard rough drafts are (especially when starting a new series), but I am also enjoying the new characters and settings. Right now the series is under consideration by a publisher, but I don’t know yet if it will be acquired. In either case, I plan on finishing this series :).

So that’s what 2015 is shaping up to look like for my writing, and what an exciting year it looks to be!

Heir of Hope, Book 3

Heir of HopeMany of you are anxiously awaiting the final book in the Follower of the Word series, so I thought I would catch you up on what I know and what I can share.

First, I just spent the last three weeks finishing the main edits for Heir of Hope. Whew! My brain is tired! But the final story is so much better now πŸ™‚

Tomorrow I turn in the manuscript.

So what happens next?

Micro edits. That’s where my editor and I polish up every single sentence. We hope to be done with that by the first week of November. Then I’m pretty much done until the galleys arrive, the final proof before the story heads off to the printers.

The cover is also in the works right now and I should be seeing something this month (can’t wait!).

Then pre-release stuff (like early reviews and possible endorsements, along with a cover reveal).

Then finally it will be here for all of you to read. Having just finished the book again this afternoon, I can tell you Heir of Hope is definitely worth the wait. It has been an emotional journey for me and there were days I wasn’t sure I would ever finish this book. But here it is and almost done.

So there you go. Less than six months to the release date (barring any unforeseen circumstances). In the meantime, stay tuned for more details such as the cover, blurbs, and other exciting things. And if you want to really make sure you don’t miss anything, consider signing up for my newsletter.

Thank you for being such great readers and for your patience πŸ™‚

 

Enclave Publishing

A couple months ago I shared that my publishing company, Marcher Lord Press,Β  was bought by Steve Laube (you can find my post about the sale here). That sale has brought about some changes within the company, many of them good in my opinion. I wanted to update you, my readers, on these changes.

First, a name change came with the company. Marcher Lord Press is now Enclave Publishing. The mission is still the same: to produce quality Christian fantasy and science fiction. With that name change is a new website: Enclave Publishing. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you need to. It looks great!

This fall will see the first set of novels from Enclave Publishing. Instead of doing the usual pre-order, Enclave is doing a kickstarter. Take a moment and check out the books that will be available this fall and consider choosing one of the options for a discount on these select books. Enclave Publishing Kickstarter

Finally, I know many of you have been asking when Heir of Hope, the third book in the Follower of the Word series, will be released. With the purchase of Marcher Lord Press came some changes within the company. One of those changes was my release date. I can now say it will be 2015. I am expecting my first set of edits back in a couple weeks and will begin the big revisions.

I will also have other book news coming in the next couple months. If you don’t want to miss out, consider signing up for my newsletter. I only send it out when I have book or author news and it’s a great way to make sure you know what’s happening and when a book is releasing. Click here to sign up.

It’s going to be a busy and exciting couple months for me and for Enclave Publishing πŸ™‚